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Collective Agreements

For faculty members, librarians and archivists


Information about flex credits, health care, professional expense reimbursement

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is a union representing about 1,500 faculty members and 50 librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London.

UWOFA negotiates collective agreements, advises members on employment matters, handles workplace disputes and grievances, and advances the professional interests of faculty members, academic librarians and archivists.

In the broader community, UWOFA representatives meet with provincial and federal politicians to ensure members' voices are heard and reflected in education and labour policy decisions. As well, UWOFA strives to engage members and citizens through awareness campaigns regarding post-secondary education during general membership meetings, community events, contact with journalists, and town hall discussions.


Board Member Spotlight: Michelle Loveland

Michelle Loveland is a contract lecturer in the DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies. She has been at Western since 1999 after practising public accounting for 17 years.

Her teaching interests are in financial accounting, audit and ethics. This is Michelle's first term as UWOFA treasurer. She also serves as an elected academic member on Western's Pension Board since 2007. During her spare time she likes to Zumba, cycle and read great detective novels.



OCUFA Report - What might the 2018 Ontario budget mean for university faculty?

While the continued implementation of reforms to student assistance in this year's budget are expected to further improve access for students, faculty are concerned that operating funding for universities remains stagnant, threatening the high-quality education students expect and deserve.

Reminder: Contract faculty research and professional development fund applications due

Contract faculty members of UWOFA are invited to apply for UWOFA's Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund. Applications are on Friday, April 20, 2018 by 4 pm.

UWOFA celebrates 20 years since certification

This spring marks 20 years since UWOFA certified as a union through the Ontario Labour Relations Board. Certification is a significant event for a union; it legally formalizes the collective bargaining relationship between the employer and employees, shifting and democratizing power relations in a workplace.

Ontarians believe fair university workplaces are key to high quality education

The majority of respondents to a new poll commissioned by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) support policy measures that would address precarious academic work and ensure fairness for contract faculty members.